Top 10 U.S. hospitals by Crohn’s disease diagnoses

Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases or IBD. It is named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with his colleagues, Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer. IBD affects an estimated 3 million Americans.

Which hospitals treat the most Crohn patients?

Using data from the Definitive Healthcare ClaimsMx product, we analyzed hospitals by their total number of primary Crohn’s disease diagnoses for outpatient visits. The Crohn’s disease ICD-10 codes included in the review start with K50 with the most reported codes being K5000, K5010, K5090, K5080, K50818, K50819 and K0919.

The following list shows hospitals in order of primary diagnoses for 2021.

U.S. hospitals with the most Crohn’s disease diagnoses

Rank Definitive ID Hospital Location Number of primary diagnoses
1 3120 Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Cleveland, OH 26,458
2 2096 University Hospital Ann Arbor, MI 22,095
3 2837 Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY 12,940
4 5576 Cincinnati Childrens Burnet Campus Cincinnati, OH 7,343
5 3934 North Central Surgical Center Hospital Dallas, TX 7,104
6 1365 IU Health Methodist Hospital Indianapolis, IN 5,699
7 2843 Tisch Hospital New York, NY 5,083
8 5783 Ann & Robert H Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago Chicago, IL 4,765
9 1920 University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, MD 4,206
10 851 Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Miami, FL 3,800

Fig. 1  Data is from the Definitive Healthcare ClaimsMx product for calendar year 2021. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States and is updated monthly. Data is accurate as of July 2022.

Cleveland Clinic, one of the top hospitals in the U.S., had the most outpatient Crohn’s disease primary diagnoses in 2021, with more than 26,000 cases. University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan had the second highest with 22,000 diagnoses. These two facilities have several thousand more outpatient diagnoses for Crohn’s disease than the remaining hospitals on the list. Several of the organizations are academic medical centers that research health conditions and two are children’s hospitals.

The hospitals on this list account for nearly 100,000 Crohn’s disease diagnoses and average 9,949 primary diagnoses per facility.

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in different people. This inflammation often spreads into the deeper layers of the bowel that can be both painful and debilitating.

While there’s no known cure for Crohn’s disease, therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission and healing of inflammation. With treatment, many people with the disease can function well.

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